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Arlington AMA Supercross – Key Insights and Fascinating Facts

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Six races into the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season and one rider has enjoyed the best-ever start to his already celebrated career.

Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey, the reigning 450SX Class Champion, has won four of the first six Main Events and has not finished worse than second. As a result, he brings a 26-point lead into the seventh race of the championship this Saturday, February 20, from Arlington, Texas' AT&T Stadium.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy earned his second win in three races to grab a three-point lead heading into Arlington. The Western Regional Championship will reach its midseason break following Saturday night's race.

With 144 of a possible 150 points this season, Dungey has achieved the most success of his career at this point in the championship. It's the fastest start for a rider since Chad Reed won five of the first six races in 2008 to earn 147 of 150 points.

Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night's race include:

  • Ryan Dungey earned his 26th career 450SX Class win in San Diego. It was his 22nd consecutive podium and 17th-straight race finishing within the top two.

  • Dungey can become the second-winningest rider in North Texas (Dallas/Arlington) history with another victory. He would tie James Stewart and Rick Johnson with three.

  • Cole Seely earned his best finish of the season with a second place. It was his second podium of the season and ninth career 450SX Class podium.

  • Ken Roczen earned his fourth-consecutive podium with a third place in San Diego. He now has 18 career podiums in 36 career 450SX Class starts, coming in right at 50%.

  • Jason Anderson earned his third straight fourth-place finish. He has a top-five finish in each race this season along with his season opening victory.

  • Trey Canard earned his first top five of the season with a fifth. It was his first start since the second Anaheim and his first top five since race 11 of 2015.

  • Andrew Short made his 2016 debut, his 124th career start. It was his 13th consecutive season with a start which ties him with Larry Ward, Jeremy McGrath, and Tim Ferry for fifth all time.
  • Joey Savatgy earned his second career 250SX Class

    victory in San Diego. He now has two wins, eight podiums, and 12 top-five finishes in his 22 career starts.

  • Cooper Webb now has 16 podiums in 23 career 250SX Class starts. The only active 250SX Class rider with more is Martin Davalos with 17 podiums in 65 starts.

  • The three points separating Savatgy and Webb with two races remaining is the closest margin in the 250SX Class since the 2011 Western Regional when Broc Tickle held a two-point lead over Josh Hansen with two races left.

Main Photo: Dungey has his fourth win of the 2016 season.
Photo Credit: Jeff Kardas
Savatgy took over the points lead with his win at Petco Park. Photo Credit: Jeff Kardas

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